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How to Stay Safe When You Are Running

Posted by on Tuesday, January 17, 2017,

There's a number of great races around the world in or around big cities. From the Laugavegur Ultra in Iceland to the scenic surrounds of Boston Marathon qualifier, the Rockland State Marathon in upstate New York, it is time to start your training and your travel plans if you plan on visiting and competing. I feel it's always worth arriving a minimum three days early so you can recover from the travel, stay injury free and see the sights.

It is important to think about safety when you are...


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Yuri Wins, Ashprihanal Second and Kaneenika Finishes

Posted by Grahak Cunningham on Tuesday, September 6, 2016,
Yuri Trestenyuk was the victor in this years race. It was an amazing finish, the closest in history. Just a few hours separated first and second, the 3100 mile equivalent of a sprint finish. Ashprihanal was inspired to chase 5 days from the finish. It must have been torturous for Yuri but he didn't cave in all, taking no breaks, trying to hold on to his lead."Yuri can do only do around 70 miles," was whispered amongst runners, handlers and organisers. "He can't hold on." Ashprihanal had him c...
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Ukrainian Galya Breaks Two Records, Irishman to make it and a Finnish Bucket List

Posted by Grahak Cunningham on Monday, July 20, 2015,


Ukranian Galya Balatskyy has made two records here. He has completed the most number of 70 mile days in a row ever. 37 and counting. He is aiming to finish on Sunday in 42 days. An outstanding result. In fact outside of this race only the current world record holder Wolfgang Schwerk has gone into or beyond the 42 day realm (twice). Galya would have won all bar 3 of the 3100 mile races with the time he is going to do in 2015.

Galya speaks five languages and looks the strongest out of all the r...
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Living to One Hundred and Tennis

Posted by Grahak Cunningham on Thursday, January 22, 2015,
Whilst Australia and India battle it out on the cricket field this season it is obvious every batsmen wants to reach a Test century. For us mere mortals, the closest thing we can aim for, is to celebrate a 100th birthday. Woodlands resident William Stevens (Chum) reached that motivational milestone on January 13th, 2015. Chum happens to be my neighbour and a great friend.



Outside of cricket Chum was one of the first West Australians to visit India to play high level sport in the country. Tenni...
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William Sichel and the Other First Timers Running Well

Posted by grahak on Monday, June 30, 2014,
I spoke to Stutisheel and Sopan recently via phone when they were out on the course. Both were going well and enjoying the cooler weather. It is great the temperatures have been kind to them. When you start, your body takes two weeks at least to get used to the surface, pounding, lack of sleep and the routine of the race. Usually you can include temperature in the mix but if it's nice it is one less thing to adjust too in that initial period. I talked for a while, but poor reception meant it ...
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Motivational Quote from Arnie

Posted by grahak on Wednesday, May 21, 2014,

Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.

— Arnold Schwarzenegger


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Over Training and Work Life Balance

Posted by grahak777 on Saturday, December 21, 2013,
Work stress, no work life balance and over training have similar symptoms and causes. Working or working out to long. Monotonous surrounds. Boredom. Illness or injuries. You will lack enthusiasm and feel very run down. The situation is like a car battery. You can run your lights for a while without your engine running so long as you recharge the battery. However to long without a recharge and the battery dies and you can't run the lights.

Your body acts the same way. When super long work outs ...
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The First and Second Winners

Posted by grahak777 grahak777 on Sunday, August 4, 2013,


Atmavir Spacil crossed the line yesterday evening in 47 days 16 hours 24 minutes. It was remarkably his 7th time running 3100 miles- very motivational. Speaking after the race he announced he wasn't coming back next year, understandable, doing it that many times, but is obviously in his blood so hopefully he changes his mind. Atmavir passes a lot of the time bouncing his handball as he runs and as a result has made friends with many New Yorkers down at the hand ball court he passes 5649 times...

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The Crew and the Heat wave

Posted by grahak777 grahak777 on Tuesday, July 23, 2013,
The value of a good crew in an ultra can't be underestimated. Surrounding yourself with the right team and team building inspiration leads to greater success and achievement. Utpal Marshall a great runner himself, has touched on the topic looking at the world record ultra runner Madupran Wolfgang Schwerk in particular in his outstanding blog...http://perfectionjourney.org/2013/07/22/july-22-elevate-to-your-highest-height/

It appears the New York heat wave is over. The sight of the finish line ...
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Some Runners Finding it Tough

Posted by grahak777 grahak777 on Monday, July 1, 2013,

While some runners are continuing to excel (Atmavir Spacil with another 112km or 70 miles on Day 14). Others are finding it tough. The heat is tremendous in New York in Summer and it has affected a few of the brave soldiers trying to cover 3100 miles. Australian Sarah Barnett has apparently had digestion problems and both her and Ananda Lahiri managed around 50 miles on days 12 and 13 but I am sure they will bounce back.

Ananda-Lahari is the most saintly runner on the course. No matter what ...
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Ultra Runner Sopan Tsekov is Mr Consistent

Posted by grahak777 grahak777 on Monday, June 24, 2013,


Sopan Tsekov is Mr Consistent this year at the 3100 Mile Race. The last 6 days in a row he has done 62 miles on the dot (that's about 103km). Sopan hails from Bulgaria and spends time in the ski slopes outside of running. Finding motivation in the mountains is something most trail and ultra marathoner runners can relate to, but is very different to the 3100 mile course. Sopan Tsekov was 24 when he first completed the 3100 mile race, the youngest in history. I was 30 when I entered my first ...


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One of the Worlds Best Ultra Running Legends

Posted by grahak777 grahak777 on Saturday, June 22, 2013,


Day 5 and Asprihanal lead the mileage for the first time with 71.8 miles. Unusual for the champion Finn, he is taking a while to warm up. He has won the event more than anybody.

Ashprihanal can’t weigh much more than 50 kilograms. He is very otherworldly, almost elf-like, with small chiselled features, light blonde hair and a running engine that rarely falters. His style and gait are more like a dance. He flays his arms all over the place and rocks from side to side, the floating waltz ste...


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She is too obese to run.

Posted by grahak777 grahak777 on Saturday, June 15, 2013,
 
Runners, I have a friend who feels she is to overweight to start running because people will stare and laugh at her.
I find it motivational when someone out of shape gets out there and gives it a go and I am sure most of us feel the same way. So... runners unite! Leave some positive comments and I will pass them on, it might give her enough inspiration, motivation and energy to get outside and give it a go. And I haven't named any names so I can't possibly get in any trouble!

Based in Austral...
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Running in Hyde Park

Posted by grahak777 grahak777 on Wednesday, June 12, 2013,


After a long run across the Nullarbor it was nice to meet people with the torch in more greener pastures. Above is  City of Vincent Mayor,Alannah MacTiernan holding the peace torch at Hyde Park. She was great and even had the motivation to run with some of the school children present.


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Mental Toughness in Ultra Running

Posted by grahak777 grahak777 on Saturday, March 30, 2013,

 

Mental depression and doubts were as draining as the actual physical exertion required to complete my daily mileage in the 3100. The secret to keeping the mental toughness needed in the race was to conquer or overcome the negative qualities existing in the mind and to remain happy. I am frequently asked how I manage to get up in the 3100 mile race, day after day, and perform a task I don’t necessarily want to do. If I were to wake and put on my running gear with the despondent thought, “...


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Training Tip

Posted by grahak777 grahak777 on Wednesday, January 2, 2013,
Less punishing than ice baths submerging yourself in water can aid your recovery after a long run. I mainly use the ocean. The Indian Ocean off the coast is usually cool all year round and it definitely helps relieve the legs of soreness. In Australia many professional rugby, football and cricket teams will have a beach session followed by a swim to aid recovery after a big game or hard training.
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Unusual sleeping patterns

Posted by grahak777 grahak777 on Monday, November 19, 2012,
Day 9 and 10.

Day 9 was interupted by some huge thunderstorms. It was self-transcendence for me because for the first time in four years I fell asleep in the toilets (portaloos) whilst avoiding the second storm. It was so pleasant in there so I stayed for about 35 minutes and came out feeling quite fresh and did good miles. 


Day 10 (thank God we are in double figures now).

I had real problems, all sorts of doubts, wondering what I'm doing out here, and shedding a few tears.
I just think I nee...
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The Spa Bath

Posted by grahak777 grahak777 on Friday, November 16, 2012,
I looked forward to an epsom salt bath every evening. It wasn't a marbled 5 jet spa/hot tub, just a glorified bucket I only just fitted into. It did wonders for my rash though.





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The World's Longest Race : Resting and recovering.

Posted by grahak777 grahak777 on Thursday, October 25, 2012,

I was told by someone who knows that the photos that are up of the Self Transcendence 3100 mile race could be better.
Below are some by professional photographer Prabhakar Street.
View the gallery at http://gallery.srichinmoyraces.org/3100/2012/

I have changed my site around to reflect the Perth Motivational Speaker tour I’m doing. That’s how I lost the original blog reposting them now.

People often ask what the prize is for the 3100, I received it at a ceremony. The prize…a plastic tr...
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I got a bad rash and lost toenails

Posted by grahak777 grahak777 on Thursday, October 25, 2012,
I got a bad rash and lost toenails

As one friend commented so many screen saver options here!

Ultra running does have it’s painful side. It definitely has to be transcended.

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I am ultra runner from Australia. I am into motivational exploits involving any sort of physical feat that is inspirational and positive. On the side I work as a motivational speaker, business speaker and trainer, keynote speaker and youth speaker.

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